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Lisa Grainger’s top tips for ditching toxic chemicals from your cleaning regime

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We should be taking sustainability and the environment into consideration in far more of our actions these days – and the annual spring clean is no different. Lisa Grainger gives her top tips for a more eco-friendly spring clean. 

Staying indoors might keep us safe from the dreaded virus. But, as the US Environmental Protection Agency recently warned, we now use so many chemicals to clean our homes that levels of pollutants are up to five times higher inside than they are outdoors – and they are poisoning our bodies and our environment. How to start afresh? Here are four simple suggestions to clean up your (house) act.

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How to Give Your Home An Eco-Friendly Spring Clean

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  • Fill Refill raw bicarbonate soda jar

    Make your own concoctions

    Most cleaners are a combination of bicarb (to scrub, deodorise, remove stains and soften fabrics), citric acid (to remove stains and limescale), vinegar (for glass) and vegetable soap (for washing). British companies Dri-Pak and Fill sells all these natural basics, and dispense online recipes and advice, so you can concoct your own, safe in the knowledge that you know precisely what’s in them. dri-pak.co.uk; fillrefill.co

  • Greenscents lavender eco cleaning products

    Choose refills

    Rather than cluttering your cupboard with dozens of little plastic bottles – and worse still, aerosols – buy bulk-products whose packaging can be sent back to UK companies such as Delphis, Greenscents, Bower Collective, Faith in Nature, and Bio-D. Decant the liquids into a PET, glass or aluminium bottle from Fill or Ampulla and add home-designed labels. delphiseco.com; greenscents.co.uk; bowercollective.com; faithinnature.co.uk; biod.co.uk

  • Kinn plant based laundry detergent

    Buy natural products that biodegrade

    Many chemicals remain in the waterways for decades. So it’s important to buy natural products that biodegrade, and in an ideal world are cruelty- free, as well as free from chemicals, synthetics, palm oil and petroleum. Great British brands include Tincture, Kinn and Colt & Willow. Good labels to look out for? The Soil Association, Allergy UK, and the Leaping Bunny. tincturelondon.com; kinn-living.com; coltandwillow.com

  • Koh starter bundle

    Minimise the products you use

    Only three liquids are essential to clean a home: a glass-cleaner, a grease-remover and a disinfectant. All of which the eco- friendly Koh makes in its mop bundle, alongside microfibre cloths, a (very cool) mop, diamond-dust scourers and two well- designed refillable atomisers. Everything is fragrance free – add your favourite essential oil if you like. koh.com

  • Spruce sustainable cleaning products

    Look for B Corp registered brands

    Still need some ideas for high-quality cleaning gear for an eco-friendly spring blitz? Registered pending B Corp, Spruce, has been dubbed ‘a beauty product for the home’ but its pretty packaging is backed up by sustainable credentials. The aluminium bottles are all refillable – and the non toxic refills are made up at home by mixing with tap water. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, doesn’t use pesticides or artificial fragrances, and refills arrive in biodegradable paper packaging. wearespruce.co

  • Seep cleaning cloths

    Swap your cloths and sponges

    Time to do away with J cloths – all of Seep’s cleaning products are compostible and plastic free making them a far better alternative to standard sponges, scouring pads and cleaning cloths. From its loofah cloths to the natural cellulose sponges, each item is designed to be long lasting, durable, machine-washable and made from renewable materials.

    theseepcompany.com

  • Smol laundry detergent

    Subscribe and save (the planet)

    Not only do Smol’s laundry detergent and dish washer capsules cost a fraction of the price versus competitor brands, but it’s also addressed it’s packaging to be more planet-friendly. The plastic-free laundry capsules are a world first, and it champions plastic free and recyclable packaging wherever possible. Plus, it’s subscription service saves you the hassle of having to go to the shops.

    smolproducts.com

  • White Hair Co

    Look for plant based solutions

    Colt & Willow’s range of beautifully-scented sustainable home cleaning products are eco friendly, plant based, and bottled in refillable packaging with refills which come in recycled PET packaging. Choose from geranium leaf scented all purpose bathroom cleaner, rhubarb washing up liquid, rosemary, lemon & juniper bathroom cleaner and fig and cassis potty spray – or invest in the whole range.

    coltandwillow.com

  • Delphis Eco

    Look for companies aiming at Net Zero

    2007 founded Delphis Eco is a certified B corporation, 100 per cent made in the UK and committed to becoming Net Zero by 2030, so you know that it’s range of double Royal-warranted cleaning products mean business. Its products have a sustainable supply chain, are plant-based and phosphate free and never tested on animals.

    delphiseco.com

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